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Interview with (Linus Walleij) King Fisher of Triad

What is your alias? If you find the story interesting, then let us know how you came up with it?

King Fisher. Some strange mix up of Carrie Fisher being the princess. Don't know how I came up with it really, I was 16 years old back then. It's got nothing to do with little birdies, fishing gear, or the Fisherking movie though.

Have you changed handles? If so, give us the reason(s) and your previous nickname(s)!

I haven't. The first one was good enough and quite original.

When and where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born i Stockholm Sweden 1972-06-05. Moved around a bit, lived in Ljungby for most of my active C64 years. I now live in Lund where I (at the moment) work for Ericsson.

When did you get your first computer and which computers do/did you own? When did you get your C64?

I played around with ABC-80 computers in the early 80ies, but didn't get my own computer until I attended an electronics-course at the age of 14, in 1986. I built a computer called "ELFA-Datorn" (ELFA being an abbreviation for ELektronik Fr Alla) running on a 1802 processor with 128 bytes RAM and a frequency of max 3,2 Mhz. You programmed it by flicking switches and punching in the instructions one bit at a time. You also had to adress the memory using switches. If you wanted to study it's operation in detail you could slow it down (to VERY low speed) or execute the instructions in single steps. I still have it around, and it still works! However I got into "real" computers very soon after that.

How did you get to know the scene? Who was your first contact (person you knew) on the scene?

The first person I really knew was Jaggadash from the Zaints. I joined them soon after that. As a matter of fact, he's still a close friend of mine, and he lives here in Lund aswell. We see each other every second week or so.

Describe your scene career, including all groups you have been a member of! Keep chronological order please!

OK first I did cracks solo. Then it was Byterapers, Mute 101, Royalty, Rebels and I ended up in Triad and loved it there so I stuck.

Which scene do/did you consider best and why? If you have been only on the C64, then give us the reason(s)!

Computer scene or what? The C64 was best and its the only one I know for sure. However the Internet scene with all its warez and mp3 songs, I really like. "The Global Village" (quoting ol' Mc Luhan) is sort of one big scary Scene.

What do you think you gained by being a member of the scene?

Life quality.

What do you consider lost, wasted or meaningless during the years you have spent on the scene?

There are no mistakes in life some people say, and it's true, sometimes you can see it that way. (Dylan said that.)

What is/are/was/were your main interest(s)/function(s)?

Cracking & Coding, overall design, digi-music, NTSC fixing.

What made you start doing graphics/composing/swapping/modem trading organising or whatever you did?

Curiosity. A divine quality. I also never liked games very much. They tend to bore me in no time.

What are/were your greatest successes/fiascos?

Greatest success so far: Demo called "Red Storm" by Triad in 1992 together with Alfatech. Some real good cracks. A few USR-programs like Midislave and Gnylf.

Was there any special connection between you/your group and some other people/groups on the scene (co-operation, war, friendship etc.)? If so, what made it start and stop?

We were friendly... And if we weren't I've forgot. We did some cooperation with Fairlight.

Have you attended parties? Tell us about your favourite conferences? You can even mention some fiascos.

All parties were good. Been to Alvesta, Furulund, Horizon (3 times), TCC, X-96 and X-97 some meetings and The Party 1991,1992,1993,1994,1995. Will go there this year (1997) too.

Is/was there any special feeling in your crew, something more than just being in a group?

I really enjoyed working with Alfatech. We had the same way of thinking. He would come and visit me when I lived in my apartment in Vxj, bring his car and his guitar and we would code all night long. Cool. Also Unifier/Flash Inc popped in at one occasion. We had a great time.

Give us a brief description on the development of the scene as you experienced it and computer society in general!

There was a huge BANG then atoms crystalized, formed clouds and rocks and stuff some lit into suns, other rocks surrounded them got spherical, one with lots of water hosted life somehow, a few cells, an amoeba, grew into bacteria, bacteria to fish, fish to toad, toad to mammal and mammal to cybernetic organism. We is it. It was small then it grew bigger.

What is your profession? What do you do for a living? Does it have to do anything with computers? Is there anything you do in real-life that is similar to what you have been doing on the scene?

I am a web-developer at Ericsson Mobile Communications in Lund. I work with computers all day and sort of enjoy it from time to time, while there are days when I just get sick of it all. I develop stuff in Microsoft ASP milieu and Unix.

How did your attitude towards computers change during the years?

From ? into ! Just like life in general. I grew more critical to the way computers affect our society. I guess I was a bit blue-eyed back when it started. Computers can change your life for the better on a personal plane, on the societal plane it can be a complete disaster. Culturally it's a pest sometimes. Sometimes it brings salvation.

I don't doubt for a second we are now more dependent of computers than of food and fresh water. I don't doubt we will make powerful virtual reality come true soon enough. However this is not only "cool" and "rad". It sort of sucks from time to time.

But I have no aswers.

What do you like doing in your spare-time when not computing? What is/are your hobby(ies)?

Reading books, listening to weird music, politics (I'm a left anarchist). Going to art exhibitions and stuff (yeah I'm a culture elitist too) and I've got this girlfriend named Sofia since a year now. Movies sometimes and I also make bad music.

Are there moments when you feel nostalgic thinking back to the past years of the scene? If so what do you do when it happens?

Yeah I watch C64 demos every week. It gets me nostalgic. I don't overdo it though.

What are your plans for the near/far future?

To live a (sort of) normal life. Or something. Do my duty if I can ever find it lying around somewhere like a lost egg.

What is your goal in life? What would you like to achieve?

When I look forward I see only death and the painless void which seems to be our destiny. I try to believe but cannot, if there was a God I would want him to reach out his hand, talk to me, tell me that it's all right as a mother tells her crying child "it's all right, everything is all right". However I fear in the cold night that all them mothers lie to their kids, things aren't all right at all, not even close. You die, you disappear, no human can live looking into the finality of death.

My father died when I was 17. It did a great impression on me, and I will not find rest in this world until there is an answer and I know already that it's completely hopeless, there are no answers to be found and no Gods to guide us. That is the curse of mankind. Yet in the chilly night I long for someone to tell me "it's OK everything is all right".

But things are pretty fucking far from OK.

People tell me to finish that demo "Refugee" over and over again. Can't they do their own fucking demo instead and just get off my cloud, let me be here where I am? Did you ever read the Stephen King novel "Lida"? Then you know what it's like to have people demanding you creativity.

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